|11:18 pm - Of movies and mixed messages|
Went to see "Sex and the City" with a friend today. I'd watched the series when it was originally run on HBO on and off, so I was mostly familiar with the characters and situations. I thought the movie was a pretty decent way of wrapping up the show and it was fun to see more of my favorite characters, like Charlotte, Samantha, Smith and Steve. Both I and my friend really liked some of the outfits, although we agreed several were really quite over-the-top. (I thought Samantha had some of the spiffiest duds of all of them, although I liked quite a few of Charlotte's ensembles as well.)
One of the things I didn't like, though, was that some of the underlying messages about women were really misogynistic, in my opinion. Women only seem to exist in relationship to a man, and are important not for themselves, but because of how they enhance men's lives. Men can act like shits, but women are supposed to forgive them, over and over and over again, no matter how the man has humiliated them. Also, if they don't "put out" enough for a man's liking, he is justified in looking elsewhere -- but a woman can't. (Contrast Steve's behavior to Samantha's, for example.) And what really stuck in my craw was that in order for Carrie to have her "happily ever after", she had to do it BIG'S way completely, or the deal was off.
That's a pretty sucky message for such a supposedly feminist show, to my mind.
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: "Sex and the City" theme music